Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hearts Filled With Gratitude

Today we in America celebrate Thanksgiving.

It was officially declared a national holiday by President Lincoln in 1863.  In the body of  President Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation he says: "I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States. . . , to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."

As we celebrate with family and friends, in gatherings small or large, let's use today as a spring-board into a season of continual gratefulness.  Each day there are countless reasons to feel and express gratitude: to our Heavenly Father; to our spouse and children; to coworkers and friends; to service people we encounter daily who make our lives easier by doing their jobs with a smile.

I am especially thankful that Gary returned from his India mission safe and sound. Our hearts are already eager to return - in just three months!

Thank you - for your love, prayers and support as we continue on this Journey with God.

With Thankful hearts - Pat and Gary

Thanksgiving Splendor Photo Courtesy of
Cyndy Hull www.Montana1aday.com



Monday, November 14, 2016

Arise and Go ....

" So I said, "What shall I do, Lord?" And the Lord said to me, "Arise and go... " Acts 22:10

When we have received the amazing gift of God's life and forgiveness, through the sacrifice and shed blood of Jesus, our next, and frequent question should be.. "What do I do now, Lord?"

For Gary and I, the answer is often... "Arise and Go.."

Obeying that answer,  Gary went.... to India on a 3 week mission trip, which is two-thirds completed as I write this. His time in India is going well, as he encourages ministers and churches, and spies out the land to possibly do some eye clinics next year.   He will be home for Thanksgiving.

This is the first time in 6 years that I have not gone with him on a trip.  It has been a bit of an adjustment, but God sustains us... and being busy truly makes the time go quickly.
For those who have been praying - Thank you. Your love, prayers and support allows us to follow God's direction.

Have you asked Him that question lately? 

Let us know what He answers.... it may be to go across the street, or to a co-worker.  It is always a joy to follow our Father's voice.

Blessings as you go... Pat and Gary
Darjeeling, West Bengal India

Sunday, September 25, 2016

INDIA 2016!

Hi Everyone!

Where has the summer gone?  September 22 was the start of Autumn and the weather has changed even in Las Vegas. There is a sense of Fall in the air.

One thing that has not changed for us  - is our desire to see people touched with the compassion of Jesus!

Pat and I have been ministering in India since 1996 and it is like our second home. Our local contacts, who we have known for over 20 years, have requested that we come to do Eye Vision Clinics.  Since Pat is not able to accompanying me on this trip, I have invited a friend to join me. He is a seasoned missionary whom I have taken to India on numerous occasions.

This will be a pioneering trip. We will need to find an eyeglass wholesaler where we can buy glasses and optical equipment at a good price.  We will also be setting up the places to hold eye clinics in March 2017 when Pat and I plan to return.

Pray with us that the Lord will bring us someone with a heart to be trained to do eye exams and run the clinics when Pat and I are not able to be there.

As you know, Pat and I are not ashamed to ask you to pray for our mission work.  We need as much prayer covering as we can amass.  An itinerary has been set up for ministry in churches, Bible schools and conferences. The situation in India is changing, with the government's attitudes towards Christianity and funding coming into the country from outside sources making it more difficult to minister.

Harry Lovell and I leave for India on October 31st and return November 22nd.
I will be posting updates as I can so please follow our Journey With God to India!

Thank you for partnering with us and thank you for your prayers!

Gary


Monday, June 13, 2016

COMING TO MONTANA!

Hi Everyone,

It's that time of year, that Pat and I look forward to every summer.  Heading back (home) to Montana for a time of ministry and visiting family.  

This year we are coming a month earlier than usual.  This coming October, I have a trip to India with the possibility of a trip to Dubai.  I am still working on the dates and will let you know when the schedule is finalized.

We will be arriving in Missoula, Friday, July 15 and returning to Las Vegas on Monday, August 1.


Here is our schedule:

  • Sunday, July 17 - 10:30 am at "House of Praise", Victor, MT with Pastors Jim and Lorraine Andrusky
  • Tuesday, July 19 - 6:30 pm at "Christian Assembly Foursquare", Missoula, MT. Youth Group and weekly House Meeting. Joining together. 
  • Thursday,  July 21 - 10:30 am. "Woman of Worship", Missoula, MT with Pastor Lorraine Andrusky
  • Sunday, July 24 - 10:30 am at "Barnabas Ministry", Hamilton, MT  with Pastor Nancy Pendergast
  • Wednesday, July 27 - 6:30 pm at "Christian Assembly Foursquare", Missoula, MT with Pastors Mike and Marlene McGovern|
  • Sunday, July 31 - 10:30 am at "Barnabas Ministries", Hamilton, MT with Pastor Nancy Pendergast

As we walk out the purpose and destiny the Lord has given to us, we want to thank you for partnering with us through your prayers and financial gifts.  Words can never express how grateful we are and how important each one of you are to us.

Our prayer for each and everyone one of you, is that you will continually grow in the love of the Lord and always be filled with the fullness of His Presence!

Pat and I will soon have some very big and exciting news to share with you.  As I write this blog details are being worked out and when everything is finalized we will be letting you know!

Blessings - Gary

Sunday, March 27, 2016

BUT GOD .....

A Buddhist Monk, a Hindu High Priest and a Witch Doctor walk into a Eye Clinic .... seriously, this is no joke, it actually happened!

While contemplating what happened and what we experienced during our Sri Lanka trip, we cannot help but give God all the glory!

While Conferences, Seminars, Crusades and Church Meetings are an important tool to bring the Word of God to feed the spiritually hungry, we have found that by doing Eye Vision Clinics, we get to interact with people of different religions, ideology and beliefs that we would never get to touch in a church setting.

That is why we are so thankful to the Lord!  Who BUT GOD, would bring a Hindu High Priest, a Buddhist Monk, a Witch Doctor, Muslim women,  numerous Police Officers and a Criminal Investigator to our clinics.

After every examination, we ask the person if we can pray for them.  We begin with a prayer for their eye conditions and any other physical healing they need.  And then we pray that salvation will come to them and their household; that they would experience and know the power and love of the Lord.

Pat and I were given a report of the effectiveness of this type of prayer.  Last time we were in Sri Lanka, we prayed for a female Witch Doctor (at the time we did not know this was how she earned a living).  She received glasses and was prayed for.  Two weeks later she came back to the church where she attended the Eye Vision Clinic.  She told the Pastor that for the past two weeks she had been unable to cast any spells and she no longer feels a power within her.   The Pastor shared with her about Jesus, and was able to lead her and her family to salvation.  For the past year and a half, she and her family have been faithfully coming to church and growing in the Lord.

Witch Doctor -  -  -  - Buddhist Monk

Muslim Women - - - Hindu High Priest
Who BUT GOD would love someone so much that He would reveal Himself to them at a Eye Vision Clinic.

It gives us great satisfaction to help people with glasses for their natural sight; but there is an unexplainable joy that fills us when they receive their spiritual sight!

Who knows what testimonies we will hear the next time we journey to Sri Lanka.   We might not know - BUT GOD does!

Thank you for your faithful love, prayers and support ~ Gary.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Brief Recap

Most people find statistics dry, uninteresting, even boring.  Movies, pictures, action - that's what we all like.

When the numbers represent people, families, lives that have been impacted by the love of God - it's the most exciting thing in this world.

Here's a quick overview of our recent mission trip that took us across the nation of Sri Lanka:
  • During four weeks we held 12 Eye Vision Clinics
  • Performed 768 Eye Exams and gave away 657 Pairs of Glasses


More reports to follow as we settle back at home, and contemplate all that was accomplished.
For more visual delights - visit Cyndy's blog Montana1aDay.com
~ Pat

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Home Again, Home Again

Amazing trip - so worth the arduous travel part.  Glad to be home and already planning 'next time'.  Pat